A guidebook to Trump-speak: think ‘bloke talking aloud in the pub’3 days ago
From overly defensive Sigmar Gabriel to delusional Michael Gove, politicians are misreading the president-elects utterances
Taken literally, Donald Trumps latest believes about the world, as retailed to the British politician Michael Gove, are frightening for Europe, the EU and Nato. But considered dispassionately, his comments are the most recent example of Trump-speak, a loose, untutored language form that politicians and envoys must now quickly learn to decipher.
As has by now been well established, Trump-speak should be taken seriously, but not literally. Large pinches of salt, interspersed with reality checks and deep breaths, are involved. The hasty, too defensive reaction on Monday of Germanys deputy chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, to Trumps suggestion the EU could disintegrate is not the way to run. Trump could and probably will say the exact opposite tomorrow.
Trump-speak is typically off the cuff, unconsidered, contradictory, strongly conveyed and essentially transitory. It mixes long-held beliefs and prejudices with barely grasped facts and dawning realities. Its like a bloke talking aloud in the pub who only read this stuff in the paper.
So, for example, Trump revealed to Gove that he has discovered matters were not going well in Afghanistan. I have just looked at something, he said. Oh, I should not show you it at all, because its secret but I have just taken a look at Afghanistan … And you ask yourself, Whats going on there? Well, yes actually, you do.
Trump-speak is a thought-stream , not a logical or rational process. It blithely blunders into sensitive issues. It wings it, blurts and stumbles. It induces stuff up as it goes along. And it typically absence solid conclusions, leading interlocutors nowhere. The crucial thing about Trump-speak is that it is rarely his last word.
Weighing Trump-speak for subtle diplomatic subtleties, calculated hints and cloaked policy switchings is a mugs game. Thus Goves gleeful declaration that Trump had bolstered Theresa May by promising a fast-track, post-Brexit trade deal with the US looks like delusional over-interpretation.
This is the same Trump who has failed so far to fix a date to meet Britains prime minister but who found time for Gove, sacked by May, and Ukips Nigel Farage. Trump says hes a big fan of the UK. But his Scottish golf course aside, Britains interests barely register on his radar.
The Chinese have a similar interpreting problem. They find Trump-speak on Taiwan to be deeply troubling. State media are talking angrily about nuclear war. On Monday, Beijing said it would take the gloves off if Trump persisted with his heretical ideas.
But the Chinese are misreading the subject. To the extent that Trump has considered the matter at all, he appears to position Taiwan in the context of unfair US-China trade. Despite asserting his right to do so, he did not gratify Taiwans president when she transited the US last week. He could be plotting recognition of an independent Taiwan. But probably not.
Likewise on Iran, Trump says Barack Obama cut a terrible nuclear deal in 2015. His statements have provoked intense speculation in Tehran about malign US aims and defiant, pre-emptive warnings by Iranian leaders. Their misstep is to take him at his Twitter word. What seems to concern Trump most is not Israels future security. Its the money the US repaid to Tehran as part of the deal.
In Trump-speak, Nato is both obsolete and important. US and Russian nuclear arsenals must be reduced substantially, although he has previously demanded a large US expansion. Angela Merkel, Germanys chancellor, is simultaneously fantastic and catastrophic.
Trump told Gove he was undecided about who he would support in Germanys September federal election raising the scandalising possibility that he might publicly take sides. And if in Germany, why not in France? Was Marine Le Pen, the Front Nationals presidential nominee, simply taking coffee at Trump Tower last week? Or was Trump conspiring with her? In the equivocal world of Trump-speak, anything is possible , nothing is certain.
Trump-speak says, repeatedly, that the US embassy in Israel will definitely move to Jerusalem until, suddenly this week, it is not up for discussion. It says the future prospects of North Korean nuclear missiles threatening the US mainland is not going to happen. Kim Jong-un, North Koreas paranoid dictator, thinks it will. So what next? Trump-speak is silent.
On Iraq, Trump is consistent but clueless. The 2003 invasion was the worst ever decision in history. US policy, he said, was akin to hurling boulders into a beehive. On Syria, Trump-speak is all over the place. The president-elect must have had a briefing, because he now favours security zones presumably, the safe havens plan favoured by Hillary Clinton.
It was terrible to shoot old ladies in Aleppo, Trump said on that, all can agree. But Trump says he trusts the shooter, Vladimir Putin, and looking ahead to doing great things with Russia. What this may mean is anybodys guess, although the Russian president likely has his own notions. A Nato pullback in eastern Europe for starters.
Trump-speak is whatever Trump believes US policy should be at any given moment. This is not inevitably how policy is or how it will be. Trump-speak is the exact opposite of George Orwells newspeak, which was all about thought control and limiting alternative ideas and choices. It is thus essentially chaotic.
Trump-speak is more akin to doublespeak. Working out what the next US president actually thinks, when he often appears not to know himself, is going to be a full-time job.
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5 Ways Post-Grad Life Will Be Better If Hillary Wins17 days ago
When most people think of college, they probably envisionivy-covered houses and beautiful campuses filled with carefree young people. But the reality of college is far different.
Some of us cant afford to look at those ivy-covered houses right out of high school, let alone attend them. Instead we opt for online universities, community college orstate schools. But no matter what route you take toward that degree, theres a lot of anxiety that comes along with the process.
For example: By the time I finish be paid by these loans, will I be 90 or 100?
Or, when youre a woman: Why am I getting paid less than my male equivalents when I got the same expensive-ass education?
College affordability and equal pay are plainly on the minds of many Millennials. How are we supposed to be the futurewhen were drowning understudent loan pays?( There runs another complaining Millennial !)
I mean, I love my mothers, but I dont think I could take more than one year of living in their cellar, imploring them to replace their ancient wireless router andgetting screamed at for accidentally deleting one of their1, 000 DVRd shows.
Though it might not be apparent, these sorts ofissues are tied together. Without the right people in government representing us, we Millennial folk risk sliding backward economically and socially. What would happen if we no longer had the right to make our own healthcare decisions? Or if we couldnt marry the person we love?
While one of our 2016 presidential candidates may not be tied to protecting these rights( cough, Donald Trump, cough ), at least we know one candidate is keeping us in intellect. Here are five styles post-grad life wouldbe better if Hillary wins.
1. The biggie: She wants to induce college debt-free.
Clinton has a plan to ACTUALLY achieve the goal of college being debt-free, along with a drastic cut in existing student debt.
By 2021, her scheme will include no college tuition for people whose households have an income of under $85,000, with no in-state tuition for households with incomes under $125,000. Community colleges wouldbe free for all.
The plan offersbenefits for aspiring entrepreneurs, who wouldbe able to defer their loans for three years, and social entrepreneurs, who would also be eligible for nearly $18,000 in loan forgiveness.
How much will this all cost? Just as Robin Hood would hope, the money will come from increasing taxes on high-income taxpayers and shutting loopholes.
Wondering how much college would costyou? Check out Clinton’scollege calculator heretofind out how much her scheme will save you on student loan debt.
2. Womens rights will have a huge proponent in the White House.
Hillary Clinton has been the most aggressive champion for women we’ve ever seen in a presidential nominee. Period.
Clinton is famous for declaring in a high-profile speech that womens rights are human rights. Defending women and children has been a priority for her ever since she graduated from statute school more than four decades ago.
Clinton wants to protect a womans right to choose, including safe, legal and affordable access to all methods of contraception.
She also plans on launching a comprehensive effort to end sexual assault on college campuses the kind of traumatic event that sticks with young women for the rest of their lives.
This issue is certainly among the mostsignificantcontrastsbetweenClinton and Trump. When Trump was asked what a woman should do if she wereharassed at work, he said she should just quit her job .Righttttttttt. That stance treats women’s rights as unworthy, and of course overlooks the fact that many women don’t have the luxury of simply finding another college or workplace when faced with adversity.
3. The surrounding wouldn’t be destroyed.
Climate change is a real issue. How anyone can still fight that simple fact is beyond me( and science ).
Butour generation knows that we have to take care of what we have so future generations have, ya know, a planet to inhabit. On this front, Clinton wants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions up to 30 percent by 2025, something essential to combating climate change.
A Clinton administration would also prop up the US renewable energy sector by slashing petroleum consumption( throughcleaner ga development and more stringent energy efficiency standards) and installing 500 million solar panels by the end of her first term.
Because here’s the bottom line: Oil is a finite resource, and there will come a hour when we run out of it. Devoting resources to strengthening renewable energy the investigations and developing will not only forestall climate change, but also propel the US to the forefront of the global clean energy revolution.
4. Equal pay will be a national priority.
Let’s be blunt about this: It’s insane that women still earn only 79 pennies for every$ 1men take home. It attains no sense, especially when women are just as( if not more) educated than men.
In other terms, the pay gap needs to be closed immediately.
Of course, Donald Trump supposes the solution is for women to do just as good of a undertaking as humen. Um, I’m sorry, but last day I checked, we DO run just as hard as humen. In fact, wehave to work hard merely to prove we deserve a seat at the table.
Hillary’s stance on equal pay is a stark contrast.
While serving as a senator for New York, she introduced the Paycheck Fairness Act to close the pay gap between men and women. Though its not yet been passed, the bill remains a legislative priority for her, as does legislation designed to protect and expand paid family leave.
5. And last but CERTAINLY not least: FREE WiFi.
Ah yes, how happy we will be if( when) PresidentClintonmakes this happen.
In a Clinton-led America, 100 percentage of Americans will have access to affordable internet by 2020, with public places like mass transit equipped with yes free WiFi.
Free WiFi while you’reon the subway? Free WiFi while youre waiting to committee your plane at the airport? Check and check.
Never again will you be forced to pay for some slow, awful WiFi connection.
Now thats a change we can believe in.
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